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Head Coach Update: Manhattan, Cleveland State

Manhattan named Drew Kelleher the Jaspers' new head coach while reports indicate that Dylan Sheridan is in the driver's seat for the Cleveland State job.

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Things got a little spicy at the end of last week: Manhattan, looking to replace Steve Manitta, found its new head men's lacrosse coach in Boston University's Drew Kelleher while Cleveland State, awaiting its arrival onto the Division I scene in 2017, locked up Princeton's Dylan Sheridan as its program navigator.


After 10 wins in three seasons under Manitta, Manhattan will look to reverse its fortunes with Kelleher. Kelleher arrives in Riverdale after helping Ryan Polley get Boston University's lacrosse enterprise off of the ground, guiding the Terrier's offense in the last two seasons. To the press release!

Drew Kelleher has been tabbed as the Manhattan head men’s lacrosse coach by Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Noah D. LeFevre.

"I could not be more excited to join the Manhattan College community," said Kelleher. "After meeting Noah and everyone in the athletic department, I know it will be a great place to coach. I'd like to thank everyone at Boston University, especially Director of Athletics Drew Marrochello and head coach Ryan Polley."

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Kelleher is no stranger to the Manhattan community as his mother Jeanne was a member of the college’s first female graduating class in 1978 while his father Dan graduated in 1977 and his grandfather Daniel played basketball for the Jaspers from 1930-1932.

It's going to be pretty sweet for Kelleher to attend alumni fundraising events and have his mom and dad work the room for him.


The Vikings are in the midst of the program's ramp up to Division I participation in 2017, and that hasn't delayed Cleveland State's desire to get a head coach on board for the important Summer 2015 recruiting cycle. Dylan Sheridan, an assistant at Princeton and a former staff member at Denver, has reportedly assumed the role of head men's lacrosse coach for the Vikings according to both Lacrosse Magazine and Inside Lacrosse. From the Lacrosse Magazine story:

Princeton assistant and former Denver staff member Dylan Sheridan is expected to be named head coach of Cleveland State's inaugural Division I men's varsity lacrosse team, sources have told Lacrosse Magazine and he confirmed Friday afternoon.

Sheridan, an Ohio native, will lead the Vikings when they start play in spring 2017. An official announcement should come early next week and the hire of a full-time assistant coach is expected soon. Inside Lacrosse earlier Friday reported the hire of Sheridan.

He heads to Cleveland State after one season as Princeton's defensive coordinator after spending four seasons working for Bill Tierney at Denver. The Pioneers reached three final fours while he was there. Sheridan started as a volunteer assistant and worked with faceoff specialists before becoming the Pioneers defensive coordinator.

Sheridan is in the enviable position of having two summers to build out a talent base before wandering into Division I's fight club.